Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter. Show all posts

Friday, 25 April 2014

Back Into A Routine...


I can honestly say I don't know where the last few weeks have gone? The last few days have been manic.

My boiler has not been mended yet and I am out of pocket by £480.00. A week and a half with no boiler has been tough, especially boiling the kettle all the time for warm water. I asked a man to mend our boiler who has done every job but mend it :( No idea what to do next, no boiler mended and no money spare now...

Our Easter weeks have mostly been about eatting! but so much fun!!

With me carb loading for the marathon and my son turning 11 we have shared some wonderful food. Back on track next week with some healthy stuff, now the Eater eggs have gone!!


How big can one burger and a hot dog be?


I had never tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts until a few day before the marathon, oh wow they taste so good!!


Picking my race number up...


Fun at the marathon expo...


Comfy shoes for walking around London...


Socks to recover from the marathon...


My London marathon medal...


Having some yummy Easter eggs to review...

Here is what we have been up to over the last few weeks!!

What have you been doing lately?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Home Made Easter Bonnet...


My daughter has been waiting patiently over the last few weeks to wear her Easter bonnet. Pictured above she was so excited to get it made up. We decorated this hat in no time at all and then saved it until Easter for her to dress up in. Now we have lots of other crafty bit to finish off quickly today for Easter Sunday. Easter baskets, glittery eggs and Easter cakes to name just a few.


Don't you just love the pound shops? We always find something crafty and cheap in these shops. Everything above was only a pound each, the little sets of nest and the set of chicks all from the pound shops apart from the ribbon. I picked up this sweet lemon reel up from Lidl but still only £1.00 a roll.


What you need-
  • A Easter hat
  • Some ribbon
  • Little Easter chickens
  • Little Easter nest
  • Coloured feathers ( I picked ours off a fancy scarf, picked up at the £1.00 shop!)
  • Strong glue



What to do-
  • Measure a nice big length of ribbon, enough to go around the hat and to tie a nice big bow up.
  • Glue the ribbon to hold in place.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Make a pattern you like with some of the nests and chicks.
  • Glue in place.
  • Leave to dry. 
  • Easy eh!!




All ready now for the Easter egg hunt tomorrow...


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thorntons Easter Egg Review...



We all have a sweet tooth in our house and are big fans of yummy chocolate. Milk chocolate probably tops the wishlist, preferably Thorntons. We also all love running, so what nicer treat than chocolate after a good work out? fruit first of course!

I was over the moon when I was asked if Thorntons could send me a selection of their Easter eggs. Me chocolate? Thorntons! Oh yes please. With all the fuss around doing London marathon and staying in London last week, I was a bit low on our usual Easter stockpile. A good start to Easter week then with a delivery of goodies.

I love their chocolate and my lovely husband (in case he is reading) often treats me to something from their range. When we first met years and years ago, as a special treat he used to buy me a bag of their rum truffles. Now my treats on special occasions have turned to a nice big a box of continental chocolate, yes I am greedy!! My husband knows a way to make me smile is through Irregular Choice shoes or Thorntons chocolate, fact :)



At Easter all of our 4 children still love receiving Easter eggs, even my eldest son who is nearly 20, loves them. Then again who doesn't?!. Our family tradition is every Easter Sunday they wake dad up and ask him to hide all the eggs, all named up and then they spend ages trying to find all of their own. There are always a few eggs that do not get found for hours, wait too long and Dad eats them!! The kids start panicking searching everywhere, the shed, the washer, the cooker. Eventually all is well, they all have their own pile of eggs. They then do swaps trying to get their favourites.


Looking back I was about 5 or 6 when my first memories of Easter come to mind. Thorntons was a big part of that. My Grandma buying me Easter eggs from Thorntons. She worked for them and would always proudly give me an Easter egg from the shop. I remember how cool it was, receiving an egg which always had my name on it. No one could touch my egg, this was Claire's egg. This was special, this was a Thorntons Egg...

About this post-

I got sent a selection of Easter treats for the purpose of this post. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Jelly Bean Easter Nest Cupcakes : Guest Post...


Pretty vanilla cupcakes each topped with butter cream and a chocolate nest of Jelly Belly "eggs". You can use any Jelly Belly beans for decoration but the Ice Cream Parlour mix is especially pretty with egg like speckles!



Makes 12

For the cakes-
  • 125g softened butter or baking margarine
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 125g self raising flour - or plain flour with a tsp of baking powder added
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch salt
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk


For the butter cream-

This quantity will be enough to pipe the frosting onto the cakes - if you are going to spread the frosting you can reduce the amounts by a third.
  • 100g softened butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • 1 - 2 tbs milk

For the Chocolate Nests
  • 40g butter
  • 1 ½ tbs golden syrup
  • 1 ½ tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbs white granulated sugar
  • 50g shredded wheat - crushed


Method

For the cakes-
  • Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or in your stand mixer. 
  •  Add the eggs together with a tablespoon of the flour and beat well.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and salt and fold into the batter. 
  • If the batter is very stiff add the milk to loosen the mixture.
  • Line a bun tin with fairy cake cases. 
  • Fill each case 2/3 full with batter and bake at 190C / GM 5 for about 12 - 14 minutes.
  • The buns are done when risen and springy. 
  •  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes then removed from the tin.


For the butter cream-
  • The secret to fluffy butter cream is to beat the butter really well before you add any sugar. 
  • Place the butter in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until soft and fluffy. 
  • Slowly add the icing sugar beating as you go. 
  • Add the milk to loosen the mixture. 
  • Add the food colouring a few drops at a time until the frosting is the colour you require. 
  • You can also make your buttercream in a food processor, again beat the butter well before adding the icing sugar, milk and colouring.

For the chocolate nests-
  • Place the butter, syrup, cocoa powder and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until melted. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed shredded wheat.
  • Dollop teaspoons of the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper or silicon baking mat and shape into nests by flattening and hollowing out the centre. 
  • Allow to cool and set.

Decoration-
  • Pipe or spread the butter cream onto each cake, top each with a chocolate nest filled with a few Jelly Belly jelly bean "eggs".

About this guest post-

Recipe, styling & photography by Helen Best-Shaw (fussfreeflavours.com) for Jelly Belly UK

Friday, 15 March 2013

Easter Chocolate Cup Cake...


Servings: 18 – 20

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for cake
  • 115g (4 oz) Stork tub
  • 115g (4 oz) castor sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 115g (4 oz) self-raising flour, sieved together with
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa, and
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
Chocolate Icing

  • 85g (3 oz) Stork tub
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cocoa
  • 225g (8 oz) icing sugar (less 1 tablespoon), sieved

To decorate

  • Mini chocolate Easter eggs


Method

  • To makes cakes, place all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until well mixed 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Place teaspoons of the mixture in 18 - 20 paper cases or 12-14 muffin cases place in patty tins.
  • Bake on the second shelf from top of a preheated oven 190°C, 170°C fan, Gas 5 for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire tray.
  • To make chocolate icing, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Either spread or pipe over the cakes in a nest effect and decorate with Easter eggs.



Recipe and photo credit by Stork



Monday, 16 April 2012

Instagram And Creative Mondays Blog Hop Week 16....




Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox andJudyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?
Been a busy few weeks with all 4 children off school and my husband having a week off work.We've had Easter,a birthday,day trips out,learning my youngest two to ride their bikes ,races and even started painting my bedroom yesterday but now can't rest until it's done!!

I've not been very creative this last to weeks due to not much time although I have been enjoying taking photo's on my new phone so here is my last 2 weeks in photos...





















Now it's your turn to show us what you've been up to....

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